From the Very Rev. Kristi Maulden
January 6th is the Feast of the Epiphany. Epiphany is also commonly known as Three Kings’ Day. The word Epiphany means “manifestation” or “showing forth”. In our context, God showed forth in Jesus truth about the nature of God.
We hear the resounding voice from heaven declaring that Jesus is God’s beloved at his baptism in the river Jordan. And we hear of God’s over-whelming generosity at the miracle of the wedding in Cana. God did not supply just enough-there was so much fine wine in abundance.
The revelation regarding God’s nature in Jesus was intended to give people hope that God had not abandoned them. In fact, these people who had walked in darkness, in silence from their prophets, in exile and captivity and occupation, were still at the forefront of God’s plan for the all of humanity. God came not when people had it all under control and were living in peace and harmony. God came to a sinful world that repeatedly turns away from God’s first and most important command: love one another. And God did not only show up for that brief life span of person of Jesus on earth, God sent a continuing presence in the form of the Holy Spirit.
And this is still our hope: we are not abandoned or forgotten. God’s love surrounds us all the time. Sometimes we are hesitant to see it or feel like we deserve it. Fortunately, God’s love is stronger than our feelings of inadequacy or our inability to perceive. The incarnate Jesus was physical proof of God’s intention towards us. God did not reign terror upon us in punishment for our many transgressions. He sent a beloved child to manifest to us a love stronger than death.
At this Feast of the Epiphany, I pray that your hope may be strengthened by the knowledge of God’s love. And, that God’s presence would be perceived by you in new and wondrous ways.